IOG faculty member named 2020-21 Service-Learning Fellows

Sarah Saint Hamilton, a clinical assistant professor in the Institute of Gerontology, was among the eight UGA faculty members selected by the Office of Service-Learning for participation in its yearlong Service-Learning Fellows program. This program provides an opportunity for faculty members from a broad range of disciplines to integrate academic service-learning into their professional practice. …

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UGA Institute of Gerontology launches center to bridge urban-rural gaps in Alzheimer’s care

Approximately 6 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias (ARD) or mild cognitive impairment, and that number is forecasted to reach 15 million by 2060. In Georgia where the prevalence of Alzheimer’s is high, it’s estimated that 80% of adults who have reported experiencing some type of cognitive loss aren’t …

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Older adults may suffer more from social distancing

As COVID-19 continues to spread among communities throughout the U.S., public health and government officials are urging people to stay home and limit interactions with others, a practice known as social distancing. Social distancing is critical for slowing the spread of coronavirus and making sure that more vulnerable groups of people, such as older adults …

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Focus on Faculty: Lisa Renzi-Hammond

Lisa Renzi-Hammond, an assistant professor in the College of Public Health, conducts research that seeks to change how our society understands and supports people living with age-related neurodegenerative diseases. Where did you earn degrees and what are your current responsibilities at UGA? I am a proud Triple Dawg. I earned my B.S. in psychology with …

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Amazing Student: Jessica Shotwell

Doctoral student Jessica Shotwell is passionate about public health and is researching ways to facilitate and improve health care systems and health communication platforms so people receive equitable and equal health care. Hometown:  Winsted High school:  Gilbert High School Current employment:  UGA Experiential Professional Development (xPD) summer intern for The Office of Industry Collaborations. Doctoral …

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Assistant professor studies the ways robots can help an aging population

Jenay Beer has been thinking about how people interact with robots since she was a kid. She grew up watching Star Wars, fascinated by the way R2D2 “beep-booped” his way through conversations with other characters, and The Jetsons, where Rosie wheeled about, frenetically managing the family’s futuristic home. Now, as an assistant professor and researcher at UGA’s Institute …

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